New housing policies to help Penangites cope
The Penang state government addresses housing affordability with a range of policy interventions. What can we expect as a result and what else can be done?
Making home ownership possible for more
House prices in Malaysia continue upwards and there is as yet no sign of a slowdown. With the dream of owning a home growing more illusory for more and more Malaysians, it’s time to rethink housing finance and introduce innovative solutions that will give more Penangites a chance to buy a home.
Is sharing home ownership the way out for Penang?
Something needs to be done about the housing market. That much is clear. But what? Rethinking the concepts and studying solutions implemented in other countries are definitely needed. Stuart Macdonald takes a look at an alternative successfully tried in the UK.
Secondary cities are an untapped resource
The concentration on capital cities has been an unspoken policy in Asean countries over the last half century. This has brought growth that has many detrimental effects. Now when the global economy is experiencing its deepest crisis since the 1930s, how secondary cities can contribute not only economically but also by altering our understanding of development should be discussed.
Housing in Penang
Penang’s housing affordability issues could soon be a thing of the past should a new housing board come into existence. One thing is certain: It will take the efficient implementation of systematic, holistic policies to allow middle income groups greater access to affordable housing.
Long term model needed to create more sustainable cities
In setting the trajectory with a shared vision, a process of "backcasting" can be used to map out the individual steps and key milestones needed to turn a future "vision" into a reality. Policy pathways can then be developed to alter the trajectory of current trends, and ensure that all strategies and plans contribute towards the shared vision of the future.
Shared Ownership or Equity for Housing?
Public housing in East Asia has traditionally been distinguished from European social housing. A Unitary system in Western Europe stems from a conception of social welfare that aims to provide housing at affordable prices for the population as a whole, while a Dualist system found in East Asia assumes that housing needs will largely be met by the market…
Prince Among Slaves: An 18th century slave story still relevant for Malaysia
Who was Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Sori, and how can we learn from his story?
Making the young Think Green
Environmental consciousness needs to be nurtured in our young.
The In-Between Art Festival: A festival for all the senses
Performance art and music combined with glorious food. What more can you ask for at the second edition of Penang’s In-Between Arts Festival?
Transforming transport – the earlier the better
Making Penang’s transport system sustainable does not mean removing cars and motorcycles from the road. It’s about offering affordable and convenient transport options. Prof Eric Britton, founder of World Car Free Days, was brought in to envisage solutions to Penang's traffic deadlock.
Tropfest comes to Penang
Penang gears up to host the inaugural Tropfest South East Asia, and many creative makers of short films in the region will finally get the recognition they deserve.
Straits Green – towards more quality public space for Penang
Quality public spaces are the cornerstones of any liveable city. More than that, proper management, maintenance and accessibility of these spaces are also imperative.
Housing maintenance in Penang
Proper management and maintenance of high rise buildings are key to good living and good household economics. Some rethinking and restructuring needs doing on that front.
Co-working spaces – a working option for Penang
It was bound to come to Penang sooner or later. The possibilities that the internet provides have changed how we seek information, how we socialise and how we work. It is changing where we work as well.
Raising awareness in the fight against cancer
Cancer is now Malaysia’s third biggest killer. It is estimated that there are about 90,000-100,000 people in the country living with cancer at any one time and that one in four Malaysians will develop the disease by the age of 75 . What these shocking statistics say is that most of our families will be affected by cancer in one form or another.
A special economic zone for Sumatra
In a region where the economy revolves around crude palm oil exports, it makes completely good sense to diversify products and to climb the value-add ladder. In Sei Mangkei, such plans are being implemented. Its success will encourage more such zones to be created, and that can be best assured through the study of best practices that have developed internationally.
Water Demand Management Policy Brief
Penang has the cheapest domestic water rate in Malaysia at RM0.22 per 1000 litre and at the same time Penang’s per capita domestic water consumption is the top in the nation at 297 litres per person per day. This policy brief is prepared for the State Government of Penang on policy recommendation to reduce domestic water wastage and systematic water demand management to cater the growing need and the limited supply of potable water.